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Times they are a changing!

The Catholic Church is rapidly disappearing from the Netherlands. Over ten years the entire archdiocese of Utrecht will probably only consist of 10 to 15 churches that still hold the Eucharistic celebrations, compared to the current 280 churches, Archbishop Wim Eijk said in an interview with the Gelderlander.

According to Eijk, 10 percent of the parishes in his diocese are actually bankrupt, 10 percent are still rich and the other 80 percent are somewhere in between. The aging Catholic population and a rapid decline in church attendance is causing a problematic situation. Every year catholic church attendance decreases by 5 to 6 percent. And fewer and fewer people support their church financially.

Officially the Netherlands has 3.5 million Catholic residents, but the vast majority of them never go to church, the Archbishop said. On average 173,500 people attend a Catholic church over the weekend, according to figures from the Nijmegen institute Kaski. "The church is not closed by people who are still coming or by me, but by those who stay away and do not contribute anymore", Eijk said to the newspaper.

One big problem is the high maintenance costs of the large, monumental churches. Keeping them open is becoming unaffordable.

Four years ago Eijk predicted that by 2028 there will only be 20 or 30 parishes left in the Utrecht diocese, the largest diocese in the Netherlands in terms of area. He now says that expectation was too positive. He believes that parishes will have to merge on a large scale.

helenS · 36-40, F
Catholicism, and more generally, Christianity, are in decline in all Western European countries. They are becoming irrelevant soon, and most people feel they have outgrown these doctrines.
It's highly disturbing that Christian denominations still play such an eminent role in many parts of the United states. Some areas of America appear to be technologically advanced, but culturally they are almost on the level of a 3rd world country.
hippyjoe1955 · 61-69, M
@helenS Sadly it is the areas that have abandoned Christianity that have sunk to third world status. Strange how that works.
helenS · 36-40, F
@hippyjoe1955 We probably disagree on that! 😏
hippyjoe1955 · 61-69, M
@helenS Well where I see third world conditions are in the socialist areas. Rampant poverty, excessive riches, homelessness, crime violence, broken homes are all in the areas where the demonic reigns.
JonathanSJ · 31-35, M
I can see that It will no more be a happier country on index.
Till now, Netherlands is the happiest country with the highest human development Index on measurements.

With all these developments, i see these countries losing top spot soon. But anyways, Satan would be very happy with the Netherlands now.

Take no surpise when it loses Topspot. I told you the reason.
Alex51 · 56-60, M
@JonathanSJ but people following other religions are increasing.
JonathanSJ · 31-35, M
@Alex51 That is why it may slowly decline. Let us see.
Alex51 · 56-60, M
@JonathanSJ wait and see
what's gonna happen with the nuns?
ButterRobot · 46-50, M
I think there have been one too many scandals. I think, in general, people want to believe in God but they feel the church is just about structure as distinct from having that as a mission.
Alex51 · 56-60, M
Christianity is declining in Europe. Multiple Christian groups and churches are one of the major reasons.
Alison · 46-50, F
The Catholics had all thier secrets let lose, hard to respect after that
Black Metal musicians will burn them down like they did in Norway.
Thodsis · 46-50, M
Some good news!

 
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